Aug. 27, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Former Indiana Hoosier and 2010 Big Ten Triple Crown winner Alex Dickerson has been named the Florida State League Player of the Year.
Dickerson, who plays for the Bradenton Maurauders (Pittsburgh Pirates Advanced-A affiliate) is the first player in club history to receive the award, which is voted on by the league's managers, official scorers and club Sports Writers.
Dickerson was selected by the Pirates with the first pick of the third round in the 2011 draft. At the time of the award's announcement, Dickerson ranked second in the league in RBIs, eighth in batting average, second in hits, third in doubles and second in stolen bases. Dickerson is hitting .299 with 12 home runs and 88 runs batted in a league-best 124 games played this season.
The Marauders have scored 553 runs this season, with Dickerson scoring or driving in more than one fourth of the team total. The Poway, Calif., native leads the team in average, home runs, RBIs, extra-base hits and several other offensive categories. He has batted cleanup in every game he has played in this season.
Dickerson's historic season has been an assault on the Marauders' record books. He ranks in the top five all-time in batting average, RBIs and doubles. He also ranks in the top-10 in runs, games played and home runs.
"I'm honestly a little surprised, but it's a huge honor," Dickerson said about the award. "I can't believe I've gotten this far, especially the way I started the year. It's a real tribute to my teammates because I didn't make it on any personal statistics. It was all RBIs, runs scored, and that comes down to your teammates being on base when you get to hit them in and them hitting you in."